The Poi Lam Military Band Concert 2013, entitled ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’, was held recently at Wisma Chin Woo, Ipoh.
The concert featured the talents of the SMJK Poi Lam Military Band complete with flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, mellophone, euphonium, tuba, trumpet, trombone and percussions.
Conductor Lau Meng Yong directed the band alongside guest conductor Lester Lim Chong Choon, the band instructor for the Anderson Military Band, Singapore.
The concert was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Challenge Allied Sdn Bhd, LYS Capital Holdings Sdn Bhd, Dragon-i Restaurant Sdn Bhd and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, as well as various other sponsors and individuals who contributed to the event.
For this year’s concert, the forty-two current members and alumni of the band who performed for the night spent a year practising their songs, while the organising committee led by the School Military Band advisor Anne Leong Chu Ai spent six intense months on the concert preparations. Thus it was with great anticipation and pride that the Poi Lam Military Band and the Poi Lam Alumni Band presented ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’ to the eagerly awaiting audience.
And what a show it was! After the inspiring speech by the guest of honour, Mr Tan Teik Keat, chairman of the Parent Teacher Association of SMJK Poi Lam and a ribbon cutting ceremony by the individuals and sponsors who had made this night possible, the concert was off to a roaring start.
The fully-packed hall was filled with the rousing sounds of classical and contemporary tunes, beginning with the official theme song of the Poi Lam Military Band, Team of Passion from the popular Korean drama Beethoven Virus.
As the last strains were quickly swallowed by the thunderous applause of the audience, the Poi Lam Military Band Concert 2013, ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’, drew to a satisfying close. The concert had achieved its main objective of raising funds to purchase new equipment as well as presenting the audience with a night they wouldn’t soon forget!